To devote one’s life to an ideal. To direct disciplined action to achieve an admirable end. To endure the pain of training and exertions of the flesh and mind, to overcome and succeed.

On home turf, for national pride.

To run faster than anyone has.

To perform outrageous feats that prove, reaffirm and stretch the limits of human excellence.

To stand in the moment of competition, confident in one’s ability to perform as is needed.

To perform as one has envisioned.

To perform wholly, body and mind.

To prove one’s integrity by testing it against the integrity and resolve of the most integrated and resolved in the world.

More than a game. More than a pursuit. More than an allegory.

A life, devoted to an ideal; to determination and growth. To reach unreachable perfection.